"It's late on Wednesday evening and the Washington Post has yet to correct a story that accused the recording industry of trying to paint law-abiding music fans as criminals.CNET has pointed out that there is more to this particular case than was portrayed in the Washington Post article I blogged about a couple days ago.
But the paper should make things right and soon."
It's easy to come down on the RIAA due to their heavy-handed tactics, but in this case there are additional facts that did not get mentioned in the original article. It seems the defendant not only copied music to his personal computer (perfectly legal), but made the folder publicly available for people to access and download (completely illegal -- it's called stealing).
There is clear distinction between making copies of music you purchased and placing them on your personal MP3 player and making such copies available to anyone who can access your shared folder.